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Contact: Lynn Rubinstein,, 802-254-3636
Date: June 16, 2017

Massachusetts Construction & Demolition Market Study Published

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) contracted with the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) and DSM Environmental Services (DSM) to evaluate the current and future status of construction and demolition (C&D) debris management in Massachusetts, and identify and recommend potential opportunities for the diversion of a greater proportion of recyclable materials to recycling markets.

NERC provided administrative functions for the project and DSM carried out the field work, analysis and report writing tasks.

MassDEP has established a goal of diverting 50 percent of C&D materials from disposal, but in recent years the actual diversion rate has plateaued at around 30 percent. The primary objective of the analysis undertaken by DSM was to first assess incoming and outgoing materials at Massachusetts C&D processors and handling facilities, and to determine what the opportunities and constraints are to increase materials diversion beyond 30 percent.

The project commenced in July 2016 with the field work undertaken between September and December, 2016.  The final report has now been published: Massachusetts Construction & Demolition Debris Market Study.